One way to suppress the vote, particularly of African Americans, was to require literacy tests. If you got one of the questions wrong on this test from the state of Louisiana, you would be barred from voting.
“I Want a President” by Zoe Leonard
This was an interesting find.
“Revolutions have to be thorough. You spare the kids – they run off and warn your enemies. If you’re going to take that road, you’d better make up your mind to take it to the end. That is the horror of the thing. It’s all well and good to say that these killings came out of rage. I don’t doubt that to a certain extent they did, but the real horror is that even if they hadn’t, matters would have probably taken the same course. A revolution is either thorough or it’s doomed. Real revolutionaries know that, which is why they have to proceed in cold blood.”
— Eugene Genovese from Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
Let Me Down Easy by Bettye Lavette
Jean-Michel Basquiat 1982
This level of dramatic irony would be too heavy-handed in a play.
Peter Ivers introduces Suburban Lawns